Patient Care

Malcolm Knowles, recognized as one of the leading authorities in the field of adult education, states that establishing an environment for learning begins with “setting a climate for mutual inquiry.” Mutual inquiry—for the instructor and the learner—is important for class participants to become self-directed learners. Becoming a self-directed learner is a primary goal. Self-directed learning occurs when the student accepts the primary responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating the learning process, using the instructor as a resource.1